Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors '50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 6f 45y

  • (5yo+, 2m 6f 45y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner €90,000 2nd €30,000 3rd €15,000 4th €7,501 5th €4,501 6th €3,000
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 40.60s
  • Off time: 13:06:07
Full result
Result 13:05 Leopardstown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Minella Cocooner 11/1
2nd 7 Minella Crooner 10/3

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR
1 1-1
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, emerald green spots Bronn (IRE) 34
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 1-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
5 164 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend
2 17/4-121
MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Eric Bloodaxe (IRE) 40
  • T:J P O'Brien
  • J:B J Cooper
  • Form: 17/4-121
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10t1
  • OR: 135
7 164 11-10 t1 J P O'Brien B J Cooper 135
3 32/12
White, black panel, emerald green & black striped sleeves, emerald green cap, black stars Freedom To Dream (FR) 40
  • T:Peter Fahey
  • J:K C Sexton
  • Form: 32/12
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
7 164 11-10 Peter Fahey K C Sexton
4 114-12
Pink & white halved, black sleeves, black cap, pink star Grand Jury (FR) 34
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:Rachael Blackmore
  • Form: 114-12
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
6 164 11-10 H De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
5 1/11-113
White & emerald green chevrons, red cap Hollow Games (IRE) 34
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 1/11-113
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 140
6 164 11-10 G Elliott D N Russell 140
6 2-121
Purple, black star & sleeves, white cap Minella Cocooner (IRE) 49
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:D E Mullins
  • Form: 2-121
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10h
  • OR:
6 164 11-10 h W P Mullins D E Mullins
7 1-1121
Light blue, grey stars, grey sleeves, light blue stars, grey cap, light blue stars Minella Crooner (IRE) 19
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:J W Kennedy
  • Form: 1-1121
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
6 164 11-10 G Elliott J W Kennedy

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR
8 13-15
Whatdeawant (IRE) 34
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:Unknown Jockey
  • Form: 13-15
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
6 1110 W P Mullins Unknown Jockey

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2021   Gaillard Du Mesnil (FR)
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
5 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 13/8

In depth

Verdict

Hollow Games lost his unbeaten tag when only third behind stable companion Ginto and today's rival GRAND JURY in a Naas Grade 1 over 2m4f. Gordon Elliott's charge made a couple of costly mistakes and should get closer to the runner-up though Henry De Bromhead's charge is improving rapidly. He easily beat Minella Cocooner in a point-to-point in 2020 and the latter's yard is also represented by Whatdeawant, who could only finish fifth in that Naas Grade 1, and Bronn, who joined the stable after landing a Ballinrobe bumper and will have found 2m too short when scrambling home in a Naas maiden hurdle. Paul Townend has chosen the latter while Minella Crooner is very much a staying type as he showed when easily landing a 3m Punchestown maiden. Eric Bloodaxe suffered his only defeat over timber when well beaten by Ginto at Navan though he'd be better suited by testing ground.

Formwatch

Whatdeawant (IRE)2-1 (11-12) In touch, mid-division before 2nd, dropped to 6th after 7th, progress after 4 out, 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, dropped to 4th last where not fluent, no extra in 5th closing stages, 5th of 7, 8 1/2l behind Ginto (11-12) at Naas 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.

Minella Cocooner (IRE)3-10fav (12-0) Tracked leaders, bumped at 3rd, went 2nd from 4th, led before 3 out, went clear travelling well 2 out, stayed on strongly run-in, easily, won at Navan 2m 4f mdn Good - Yielding in Dec beating My Design (11-7) by 6 1/2l, 16 ran.

Minella Crooner (IRE)2-5fav (12-0) Led early, tracked leader and 2nd halfway, 3rd 3 out, travelled well to challenge after next and led early straight, drew clear before last, kept on well, easily, won at Punchestown 3m mdn sft in Jan beating Eye Van (12-0) by 11l, 11 ran.

Hollow Games (IRE)7-2 (11-12) Towards rear, progress at 6th where slight mistake, 4th after 7th, dropped to 5th and niggled along after 3 out, slight mistake in 4th 2 out, 3rd last, ridden and kept on without threatening, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Ginto (11-12) at Naas 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.

Freedom To Dream (FR)4-1 (11-5) In touch, 3rd after 8th, improved to 2nd before 9th, travelled well to lead entering straight, headed before 2 out, no impression on winner before last, kept on one pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 7 1/2l behind Eric Bloodaxe (11-5) at Limerick 2m 7f (1) hvy in Dec.

Bronn (IRE)Evensfav (12-0) Tracked leader, 2nd to clear leader after 2nd, closed before 4th, led 4 out, jumped right 3 out, wandered before 2 out where slight mistake, bumped with rival before last, ridden and kept on best run-in, won at Naas 2m mdn sft in Jan beating Killer Mode (12-0) by 3/4l, 18 ran.

Grand Jury (FR)12-1 (11-12) Towards rear, took closer order after 6th, 5th after 7th, closed after 3 out, slightly hampered 2 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 7, 4 1/4l behind Ginto (11-12) at Naas 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.

Eric Bloodaxe (IRE)11-8fav (11-5) Tracked leader, 5th after 8th, mistake 4 out, switched right and headway on inner to lead before 2 out, asserted before last, driven out, won at Limerick 2m 7f (1) hvy in Dec beating Freedom To Dream (11-5) by 7 1/2l, 10 ran.